If you’re an Android user, then I bet you love to customize your device, because that’s one of the most impressive things about the Android OS. And if you’re such an user, you must’ve heard of CyanogenMod. They’re like the best Custom ROM developers for Android phones, and are trying to make the world a better place by including the latest Android OS in their ROM’s, even if they’re unofficial.
Most of the mobile phones aren’t treated well, they’re just made and then forgot about. Some phones still run on Android 1.6, when Android 2.3.7 is where the world currently is at. CyanogenMod understands that and tries to do the best they can on this matter. So, the team from CyanogenMod have released version CM 7.1 based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 and it is now available for download for 67 devices.
Here’s the complete list of all new devices that have been added to the growing list:
HTC Desire S
HTC Incredible S
HTC Incredible 2
LG Optimus 2X and T-Mobile G2x
Motorola Backflip (Motus)
Motorola Cliq / Cliq XT
Motorola Droid 2
Motorola Droid X
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Galaxy S2 (multiple carriers)
Sony Ericsson Xperia X8
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
However, other independent developers who can be found at various forums all over the internet will be cooking Custom ROMS for even more devices. So, if you’re device is not in the list, then you can do a Google search to find out other places where you can get a ROM for your device. Remember to root your Android device before you try any of this and take a backup.
So HP decides to stop production of WebOS devices and the HP TouchPad sales increased as if the world were going to end and the only way to survive was to buy one. No, of course that’s not why the sales have increased tremendously. The HP TouchPad is a brilliant device with a good collection of hardware that some folks believe is better than the iPad 2. However, all that doesn’t matter as HP has stopped production of said device and will soon be selling webOS too. So, naturally, the deflation in the pricing.
Few days ago, the HP TouchPad 16GB was going online for a mere $99 and the 32GB for $149. The online stores that were selling the TouchPad quickly went out of stock and it’s no longer available anywhere on the internet of in stores. HP has said that they will be clearing off all the remaining tablets for the same price in the same way, but we have no idea when that Firesale will kick off again. Since the tablet has some pretty nice hardware, a 9.7 inch display and a very Linux friendly processor, it has all the required ingredients for being Android friendly too. Yup, that’s one of the main reasons why people want to get their hands on the TouchPad.
The tablet was seen by Mr. Blurrycam running Android OS right after HP announced the tablets horrible fate. Later on, the TouchDroid project was started by four developers who took an oath to run Android Gingerbread on the HP TouchPad. And now, days later, they’ve made some progress and the future looks good. They have managed to cook an all new Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 ROM based on CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad. And these aren’t any normal cooks, they’re the CyanogenMod developers themselves, the masters of custom Android ROMs.
There’s a video of CM7 running on the device, but nothing is working yet, except for the display. The touch doesn’t work and the graphics is all messed up. Yet, it does feel good to see that familiar Android on the HP. Watch after the break;
So? Happen to have a TouchPad lying around somewhere? Don’t worry, it will be reborn. Read the official announcement by the guys over here.